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Stopping fossil fuel extraction – a lockdown approach
Anne Chapman argues that we should shift attention from carbon emissions to stopping the extraction of fossil fuels. The climate crisis really requires that we stop extraction now, but just as in the pandemic lockdowns there were exceptions to the general 'stay at home' rule, there would need to be exceptions to the ban on fossil fuels, with permits given for essential uses. These should just be for a limited period of time during which economic activity would be directed to replacing these essential uses with renewable energy, then increasing the supply of renewable energy for other uses.
COP26: Asking the Wrong Questions?
Peter Sims argues that the wrong questions are being asked at COP26 because of the priority given by governments to economic growth.
Measuring what matters: Updating the Treasury’s “Green Book” for the Climate Emergency
The Green Book is the UK Treasury 'manual' for evaluation of projects and policies. Emma Dawnay proposes that it be updated to take greenhouse gas emissions out of the cost benefit analysis, and rather show them separately alongside a greenhouse gas emissions budget for the relevant sector or geographical area.
New Green House reports
Mineral Extraction and the World’s Self-deception
By Max Farmiloe, Dec 2021
Report reveals the stark reality of our addiction to our modern consumption-driven lifestyles, where cameras and radios, televisions and smart phones – all of which can contain copper and gold - are considered essential …. and battery technology is being proposed to us as the solution for our future travel needs.
Global Public Investment requirements for Zero Carbon
Rethinking international climate finance, aid and transport investment
By Jonathan Essex, Peter Sims & Joseph Eastoe, Oct 2021
This report calls for a significant shift in global public investment as currently climate finance is dwarfed by fossil fuel subsidies. The report strengthens the calls for climate finance agreed at COP26 to be sufficient to address the climate emergency. Global fossil fuel subsidies of $450 billion dwarfed additional international climate finance of $43 billion in 2020.
Available to order here. It takes as its starting point the fact that the climate crisis is going to get much worse whatever we now do. The book explores what this means and how we might be able to confront escalating climate chaos while not giving up hope. READ MORE
Listen to the audio of our London launch event.
In late 2019 Green House adopted a strategy for taking forward our work on facing up to climate reality. You can download it here.
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